Psychodynamic Psychotherapy has a long-standing history and has been used successfully to treat psychological problems as well as helping people to develop personally and to live a more fulfilling life. It originally stems from Psychoanalysis, but is a less intensive therapy and focuses more on current life issues and relationships. It differs from most other therapies in aiming for deep seated change in personality and emotional development.
The emphasis in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy is to help people to explore and resolve inner conflicts which are the source of all psychological problems. This includes exploring your relationship
patterns with yourself and others and making sense of feelings and behaviours which might seem out of control or do not make any sense to you. Think about the behaviours people want to change
desperately, but seem unable to do so, or people who get into the same destructive or harmful relationships over and over again.
Having a better and deeper understanding of yourself will empower you and open up new choices of how you want to live your life.
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy also includes exploring experiences and traumas from the past and how these have influenced you as a person in the here and now. Sometimes it is also necessary to re-visit these experiences to fully process them in order to be able to let go and move on.
During therapy you will learn how to be more comfortable with your own emotions and accepting of your own faults as well as become aware of your uniqueness and value. This in turn will allow you to work on your inner conflicts and ultimately live a more rewarding life and improve your ability to deal with life’s difficulties.
Psychodynamic therapy is less directive and focuses more on building the client's ability to take charge of their life. Resistances and reasons for not making important changes are explored and understood and the client is helped to challenge their own defenses rather than being told what to do differently. Once a problem is fully understood and felt, change follows automatically.
A less directive approach can be difficult at times, but also means that you learn to take full ownership of your life and choices and that the gains made throughout the therapy will be long-lasting.
I do support clients in exploring alternative ways of behaving and managing certain situations if this seems appropriate, especially if clients find it difficult to come up with alternative solutions themselves to begin with. I will explore with them the different options to help them engage in change, once they are ready to do so.